Free Software: It's not about the license

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Chicago Literacy Alliance

641 W Lake St #200 · Chicago, IL

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Free Software. Open Source. Software Freedom. Free as in Speech or Free as in Beer?

We're all familiar with the buzzwords, the catchphrases, and slogans. We all know the "GPL vs BSD" debate, and have probably participate in it at some point. But what do they mean, really? Is Open Source really just a friendlier name for Free Software, or is there something more to it?

Yes. Yes there is. Free Software, at its core, is a philosophical, cultural, and political movement. It is a part of, and inspiration for, the Free Culture movement. A movement born of a simple belief: That you should have control of your own digital destiny, and that it is immoral to deprive people of that right.

Let's try to recollect where our community came from, and the principles upon which it was founded.

Speaker Bio: Director of Developer Experience at Collaboration advocate. Clean code advocate. Clean government advocate. Geek. PSR8-compatible.

Sponsor: Robert Half,


6:30 - 6:45 :: Food and Introduction

6:45 - 7:45 :: Main Presentation

7:45 - 8:00 :: Q&A and Networking

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